We love social workers
Yes, we know that’s a bold statement to make. But join our children’s social care team in locations around Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and you’ll quickly find out we mean it.
Our social workers do all they can to make the lives of our children and families better and enjoy the challenge that every day brings.
Make the move – we offer a salary between £31,371 - £42,603, a relocation package of up to £8,000 – and you'll benefit from generous annual holidays, an excellent pension scheme, flexible working, and plenty of opportunities for training and career progression.
But most importantly you will be part of a team that will have your back.
We aren’t what you might think typical local government organisations looks like. We understand the work you do on a daily basis and we provide the support you need to make a difference to the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
We currently have openings in a range of teams across both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.
Meet Megan Smith from our Adolescent Team
Megan Smith is a Senior Social Worker within the Adolescent Team of Cambridgeshire County Council.
She joined as a student and was thrilled to be offered a job upon completion of her Master’s degree. Megan completed her Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), and qualified as a social worker.
Following the restructure of services in November of the same year, Megan moved to the Adolescent Team as a Social Worker, before being promoted to her current role in April.
“I absolutely love this role,” she said. “The adrenalin rush created by the work is addictive”. And this is evidenced by the fact that, at the time of writing, Megan was pregnant and planning to work as close to her due date as possible!
“Every day is different, and working with teenagers can be a real challenge, but it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I can really see the positive impact that my work has had with young people and their families and am so proud to be part of such an exciting and important team.”
There was a high number of vacancies in the team when Megan joined, however she believes that this tough start to the role helped her grow both personally and professionally. “Because of this situation, I was forced to really step up and was exposed to a variety of experiences and challenges that I feel have benefited me greatly and have enabled me to progress quickly.
“I am so passionate about my role, my team and in promoting and supporting the development of others”.
Since joining the team, which is based mostly at Noble House, Ely, Megan has mentored a student social worker, who has now moved on, and continues to mentor and supervise other members of the team. “It’s good to know you’ve helped someone kick-start their career in this profession,” she said.
“A great deal of our work is carried out in times of crisis and our duty system enables those in need to receive the support that they need at that time, while allowing the rest of the workforce to focus on their own caseloads. There is a strong feeling of unity within our team and we help each other out where we can, which allows team members to work flexibly and remotely.
“My manager is brilliant and extremely supportive and has always been encouraging and motivating. I am pushed and supported to grow and develop.”
Meet Team Manager Gabriella Cox
Gabriella Cox is Team Manager within the City Assessment Team as part of Cambridge City District.
After interning in the TV and documentary sector, Gabriella had a change of heart and decided to become a Social Worker.
She says: ‘I have always been interested in people’s stories, which is why I was originally interested in documentary work. I just decided that I wanted to make a real difference, and, more than anything, work to support complex people, which I could fulfil with social work.’
Having completed her social work masters in 2013, Gabriella started her first social work job in Devon in 2014. She was a Senior Social Worker in Plymoutha role she stayed in for just under a year before moving to Cambridgeshire County Council in February 2017. Here, she has progressed to Team Manager of the Assessment Team.
‘Cambridgeshire County Council is a great place to work. You have a strong group of colleagues around you and, most importantly, every day is different. We are really lucky to have complete variety as Social Workers and the role is never boring,’ she says.
One of the things Gabriella enjoys most is the way her colleagues and managers work as a team. ‘The morale is high,’ Gabriella says.
‘Everyone’s really friendly, professional and helpful, and we work together to achieve the best outcomes for the children and families we work with.’
Although the team aspect of the role is very important to Gabriella, the most rewarding part of her job is seeing positive outcomes for the families she helps.
Gabriella says Cambridgeshire County Council has a number of strengths that lead to these positive outcomes. ‘We are swift with getting cases to court if necessary and coordinating with different teams and external agencies. The council also has a strong commitment to lowering caseloads moving forward, and a great assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) programme to grow and develop potential Social Workers.’
Gabriella says she can see herself staying at Cambridgeshire County Council and looks forward to moving through the service and experiencing Social Work in an alternative team at some point, such as the Adolescence Team or Children’s Team.
Cambridgeshire County Council has recently been named as a ‘trailblazing authority’ in the national roll out of an innovative approach to children’s social care– backed by a share of a £84m Department for Education (DfE) funding package.
Cambridgeshire will take a leading national role in supporting the Government’s nationwide roll out of Family Safeguarding - an approach that improves outcomes for vulnerable children and young people by involving multi-disciplinary teams in children’s social care, and which builds on work which has been underway in Peterborough for the last two years.
Families in Peterborough have welcomed the approach which has been in place for two years, saying that the support that they have been offered has been much better at helping them to address their challenges and make positive changes – and it has been instrumental in keeping more children living safely with their own families in the city.
If you like the sound of moving to an authority where social workers are truly valued and challenged, please apply below or get in touch with us today by calling Caroline on 01354 750325 or by emailing [email protected].
Oh, and if you’re wondering whether Cambridgeshire and Peterborough really does love its social workers, we’ll arrange for you to speak to a member of our team to see if our boldness is justified.